The Thoracic Surgery Residency Training Program at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center (UKMC) and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) is a two-year program and accepts two applicants each year. Patients are seen both at the UKMC and at the VAMC. The VAMC is a fully integrated Dean’s Committee Hospital that is physically contiguous with the UKMC and can be accessed from most locations within the UKMC in less than five minutes.

The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery is actively involved in all areas of academic practice, including clinical care, education and research. Specific clinical programs have been developed and are ongoing in major aortic surgery, homograft valve replacements, mitral valve repair techniques, intraoperative echocardiography, cardiac assist devices and heart transplantation. The Division is also expanding its general thoracic programs in neoplastic and inflammatory pulmonary diseases, esophageal disorders, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery, and lung transplantation.


The thoracic surgery residents rotate each year between two services:

  1. the General Thoracic Surgery Service
  2. the Cardiac Surgery Service, which includes both adult and congenital surgery

While on these services, thoracic surgery residents are involved in all of the daily clinical and educational aspects of the service. The resident accompanies faculty on patient rounds, assists on and performs operations, participates in the pre- and post-operative care of patients, and attends conferences. A residents' education conference is also held each week.

During the first year, the resident on the general thoracic surgery rotation has a one-month other program assignment in Surgical Endoscopy that provides experience in esophagoscopies. Also in the first year general thoracic rotation, a one to three month on-call assignment (depending on activity) in Pediatric Surgery provides training in esophageal procedures and other pediatric procedures not performed in the Cardiothoracic Surgery Division.

During the first year cardiac service rotation, thoracic surgery residents gain exposure to pacemaker implants and closed electrophysiology interventions via a one-month other program assignment in Electrophysiology/Cardiology.


We offer a two-year cardiovascular and thoracic surgery fellowship that is approved by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. The first year is a clinical year divided between our University and Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. This year provides exposure to general thoracic surgery, congenital cardiac surgery, cardiac and lung transplantation and straightforward adult cardiac surgery.

In the second year, the Fellow serves as the Chief Resident and junior attending on the Thoracic Surgery Service. There is gradual and graded escalation of clinical responsibility to the point that the Senior Fellow is capable of handling all forms of complex cardiac, lung, esophageal and vascular surgical problems. It is expected that upon completion of the fellowship, trainees will achieve certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Selection to the fellowship is done through the National Resident Matching Program. Interested candidates are asked to submit their curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, copies of the ABSITE and board scores, and a completed universal application. Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview.

Start date: July 1
End date: June 30
Applications are reviewed in January and February.

Direct Inquiries to:

Sibu Saha, MD
Professor of Surgery
Director, Residency Education Programs

Tracey Sloan Lansdale
Thoracic Program Coordinator
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery